The Link Between Good Readers & Good Mathematicians

Posted by Ann Marie VanSickle on 4/10/2019 9:15:00 AM

The following table  is adapted from Building Mathematical Comprehension: Using Literacy Strategies to Make Meaning by Laney Sammons (2011) shows the powerful connections that exist between Language Arts & Math.  Our district is using Eureka Math, a program that incorporates these strategies into the everyday instruction for all students in all grades. 

 

Characteristics of Good Readers

Characteristics of Good Mathematicians

They call upon their prior knowledge to make meaning from text.

They call upon their prior knowledge to understand concepts and solve problems.

They are fluent readers.

They are procedurally fluent, meaning, not necessarily “fast” but are able to use a variety of efficient strategies in different situations.

They have a mental image of what they are reading.

They create mental images, drawings and/or multiple representations of mathematical concepts to help understand problems.

They use multiple strategies to understand and interpret text.

They use multiple strategies to understand concepts and solve problems.

They monitor their understanding as they read.

They monitor their understanding as they solve problems.

They can clearly explain their interpretation of the text to others.

They can clearly explain their mathematical thinking to others.

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